What puts ‘the south’ in southern food_ _ louisville. com

A few weeks ago I went to ValuMarket at Mid City Mall on a quiet weeknight and noticed that the summer breeze smelled like…fried chicken. Baked pork chops with apples Maybe you’ve smelled it, too: Louisville has had a Southern-scented waft lately. Good baked pork chops The new restaurant Somewhere, next to Nowhere bar on Bardstown Road, serves buttermilk fried chicken and fried green tomatoes. Perfect pork loin chops There’s Gospel Bird in New Albany, which has a whole menu section dedicated to biscuits. Cooking pork chops nz Red Barn Kitchen, local restaurant mogul Fernando Martinez’s first Southern/barbecue joint, just opened in Lyndon in what used to be Joe’s Older Than Dirt — if you have any reservations about trying the place, just look at the video of bubbling mac and cheese with fried cheese curds on its Facebook page.

This resurgence of Southern food isn’t just happening in Louisville. Baked pork chops and sauerkraut There’s a place in San Francisco called Brenda’s Meat & Three, a place in Portland, Oregon, called Screen Door. Roasted pork chops When I talk to 610 Magnolia and MilkWood owner Edward Lee, he mentions a woman making really good fried chicken up in New York.

Recipes for pork chops Why it’s so popular likely has to do with the shift back to prioritizing local food. What goes with fried pork chops But one thing’s clear: Today’s definition of Southern food is murky as gravy.

The core of Southern food is a blend of these elements: the convergence of European, African and Native American ingredients and traditions, and a long crop season with an abundance of local products. Dishes with pork chops “To me, if you say ‘Southern food,’ I’m gonna say, ‘Which Southern?’” says Karter Louis, part-owner of Hillbilly Tea, which recently reopened on Main Street. Fried pork chops and gravy “I’m thinking of New Orleans. Easy stuffed pork chops I’m thinking of Mississippi. Crock pot pork chops sauerkraut I’m thinking of Memphis. How to make smothered pork chops I’m thinking of those types of cuisines that are influenced by many things.” Lee, a Brooklyn native, says that Southern food has always had Asian influences. Whats good with pork chops “Black pepper doesn’t come from the South. Pork chops with The basis of a spice rub for barbecue comes from the Far East spice trade.” He mentions Southern food’s dormant period, when it was dumbed down to a “Paula Deen-esque sort of greatest hits. How do i make pork chops in the oven People commercialized Southern food and turned it into Cracker Barrel, and for a while it was ignored. Easy to make pork chops Chefs all over the South are understanding that if Southern food comes out of the dark ages, it needs to be something people want to eat, not just biscuits and gravy.”

Finn’s Southern Kitchen opened in Germantown this spring. Grilled pork chops pineapple While it doesn’t have quilts hanging from the walls or checkered tablecloths — its clean white walls and round stools are more New York than Pikeville — it serves the classics: chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, the peas-and-rice dish called hoppin’ John. Preparing pork chops Don’t expect to hear Dwight Yoakam because it’s more of a Jack Johnson/John Mayer/Dave Matthews kind of place. Fried pork chops no flour “Do you think we’re Southern?” owner Steve Clements says almost defensively when I meet with him one morning. Pan fried pork chops He points up at a large black-and-white photo of a rolling pin that hangs on the wall in a white frame. Crock pot pork chops cream of mushroom “Our decor is Southern. Best way to fix pork chops Our brand is Southern. Recipes using pork chops Even our drinks — did you see our drink list?” There’s a Kentucky Mule made with Old Forester; a vodka-tea-lemonade drink called Summer in the South; and a bourbon-ginger drink called Shoo-Fly Punch. Crock pot pork chops with ranch Clements says that his interpretation of Southern food gets down to high-quality ingredients. Pork chops quick “Most people’s conception of Southern food is that it’s heavy, calorie-loaded and not good for ya. Meal ideas with pork chops That’s really not true,” he says. Perfect baked pork chops Of course collard greens are on the menu, but there’s also a “detox” salad, with kale, quinoa, cranberries, carrots, cucumber and other fruits, vegetables and seeds.

Finn’s isn’t the only place with a modern touch. Crock pot pork chops recipe cream of mushroom soup Somewhere serves angel-hair pasta and potatoes au gratin. How do you cook pork chops Gospel Bird puts twists on the originals with country-fried falafel, and shrimp and cauliflower grits.

While so many others are fusing cuisines, Louis calls himself a purist. Smoked pork chops “If you cannot grow this item in the Appalachians, we will not serve it,” he tells me one Sunday afternoon. How to make tender juicy pork chops “It was a scandal last week. Easy cook pork chops Our scramble comes with a side of fruit. Crock pot pork chops and gravy My partner Prem (Durham) was lamenting that it was just raspberry, blackberry and two blueberries, like, ‘What? That’s an insult. Smothered pork chops in gravy More fruit.’ So the kitchen manager purchased a pineapple. Smothered pork chops baked She chopped this pineapple, and I came in right in the middle of brunch service and saw this pineapple and everyone saw my face. Pork chops oven baked They all know.”

The current menu is a collection of customer favorites from the five years before the restaurant closed last year. Crock pot pork chops italian dressing (After closing, Louis didn’t go on the Facebook page for a while, but when he finally did, there were many personal messages from people telling what Louis calls heart-wrenching stories about missing Hillbilly Tea.) There’s pork and pone, crawdad fritters, chow chow, succotash, sweet potatoes. What to cook pork chops with “I tried to distinguish us with doing Appalachian food instead of Southern food,” he says. How to cook pork loin chops in frying pan “This is my concept of a hillbilly. Baked pork chops healthy It wasn’t really about no shoes and bad teeth and all that stuff. What can you make with pork chops Or even white people or any of that. How to cook barbecue pork chops It’s really about wholesome living off the land.

“What people call Southern food is plantation food. Baked pork chops and rice It’s what mammy made,” says Louis, who grew up in Old Louisville and downtown in a family rooted in farming. Dinner with pork chops “Now there’s confusion of Southern food that was for the master and for the slaves. How to cook pork chops from frozen Now it’s all blended. A good recipe for pork chops The food my family eats, which we call soul food, is now called Southern food in restaurants when you go to New York. Easy recipe pork chops My friends in Chicago who are black eat the same food, so what is Southern food?”

Seviche owner Anthony Lamas has a Latin-inspired cookbook called Southern Heat. What to have with pork chops Edward Lee’s Smoke & Pickles has a recipe for beef bone soup with kabocha dumplings, which has strong Asian influences. How to cook pork chops without drying them out At what point is food no longer Southern? “That’s a great question,” Lee says. What can i do with pork chops “No one knows the answer. Crock pot pork chops and vegetables It’s a fine line based on judgment.”

In attempting to find the Southern food line, I haven’t even gotten to the unanswerable question of whether or not Louisville is Southern. Baked pork chops in mushroom soup I will argue this: Camille Glenn. How to fry pork chops in a skillet The late Glenn used to be a Courier-Journal food columnist and for some time catered debutante galas in town. Recipes for cooking pork chops Her 1986 book The Heritage of Southern Cooking leaves us with a lot of evidence of Louisville being Southern. Baked pork chops and gravy But a lot of the foods aren’t those “greatest hits” you would think of. Crock pot pork chops with rice Glenn has a menu called “Dinner on Cherokee Road” that includes lamb chops with artichokes, buttered brown rice, watercress and walnut salad, tidewater feather rolls, dry red wine and frozen Cointreau soufflé. How cook pork chops Yet Louis doesn’t think Louisville is Southern. Baked pork chops and stuffing “Benedictine was developed in Louisville. How to fix pork chops The Hot Brown is from Louisville,” he says. Fried pork chops in cast iron skillet “Those things are not the South.”

At the Taste of Louisville a couple years ago, I had some inspirational shrimp and grits. Pork chops bone in No, it wasn’t a Jack Fry’s creation. Baked pork chops marinated It was from Sway (a portmanteau of “Southern” and “way”), which opened at the Hyatt Regency downtown in 2012. Fried pork chops meals It’s late June when I finally get around to eating there. Stuffed pork chops recipe The large windows open to Fourth Street, letting the urban heat in to fight with the air conditioning. Fried pork chops cooking time A group of men in suits, likely in town for business, sip drinks around a high-top table. How to cook pork chops chinese style It’s hard to tell if the people next to them are visitors or locals, with all the gliding vowels. Healthy oven baked pork chops My fiancé and I get those spicy shrimp and grits along with an order of Southern fried chicken that comes with a gravy boat, mashed potatoes and collard greens. Grilled pork chops food network When the server tells us the chicken will take probably 25 minutes, we’re both giddy at the realization that the food is actually being made right there on the spot from scratch, not just warming under a heat lamp.

I later learn that the restaurant has just gotten a new chef, Pietro Consorti, who has transferred from the Park Hyatt in Milan, Italy. Baked pork chops lipton onion soup mix (He visited in March for an interview and on his way home transferred planes in Brussels, Belgium, on the day of the terrorist bombings. How to make pork chops tender “I went outside to smoke a cigarette and boom!” Consorti says in a thick Italian accent.) It might seem a little strange for the hotel to hire a chef who comes from a place where collard greens are unknown. Pork chops on the grill But, he says, “Cooking Southern doesn’t mean also to cook in your way. Fried pork chops For me it’s to use your products; then it’s my way.”

As the meal arrives, we realize that our decision to sit in the lounge and eat from a cocktail table was silly for such serious eating. Grilled pork chops recipe bobby flay “I had some fried chicken at 610 Magnolia once that was really good,” Jeff says to me, hunched over the little table as he pulls meat from a drumstick. Pork chops in over “This is really good.” Who knew that the humble fried chicken, the result of some flour and an iron skillet, could turn into a majestic food experience on a Monday night?​

This originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Louisville Magazine. Pan fried pork chops recipe To subscribe to Louisville Magazine, click here. To find your very own copy of Louisville Magazine, click here.